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Guest Speaker: Scottie Reeve

Guest speaker Scottie Reeve from Blueprint Church in Wellington shares on how Jesus went to the wrong places, at the wrong times, to the wrong people – and challenges us to do the same.

To be present to God is to be where God is–to be present to God with our hearts but also our bodies–it’s not enough just to relocate our spirit, we must relocate our bodies as well, and that is where the transforming discipleship happens. ... Anchor your soul in the depths of God and your feet where Jesus is.

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Making Room - pt 2 (What's happening at my table?)

Dan Sheed takes us through the second part of our Making Room series, looking at how central meals were for Jesus and what we can replicate in our quest to make spaces that welcome strangers to become friends.

When Jesus himself wanted to explain to his disciples what his forthcoming death was all about, he didn’t give them a theory, he gave them a meal.
— N.T. Wright

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Faithful Presence - pt 12 (1 John 5:13-21 / The last song)

Dan Sheed finishes our Faithful Presence series by wrapping it up simply with an analogy on how John wrote 1 John and a few key reflections. (Note, it's Mother's Day today so our gathering had another element that shortened our message time down significantly.)

John’s letter has been like a set of music, and here the final chord of the song rings out: “Dear children, keep away from anything that might take God’s place in your hearts.”

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Faithful Presence - pt 9 (1 John 3:11-18 / Love each other)

Guest speaker Mathew Newton shares in our Faithful Presence series, exploring how we are to live life right now as people with one arm out to the broken world and one arm out to God's love.

We can be Christ only this way: holding onto the brokenness of the world with one hand and the love of God with the other. In this cruciform-shaped tension is how the love of God is going to be able to bring healing from here to there.

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Faithful Presence - pt 6 (1 John 2:4-14)

Amanda Pilbrow shares the next part of our journey through 1 John, drawing us to see that John is going after a big problem in this section: to believe anything less than seeing ourselves in the way God sees, we have reverted to the old problem again. 

The work has already been done, the homerun has already been struck outside of the stadium, but we keep getting stuck on first base ... Seeing ourselves through our own eyes, our own works, our own actions, our own perceptions, we miss the homerun that Christ has already achieved.

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